Part 1 Certification Requirements

To all applicants:

Please note that your application will not be processed until all required items are submitted. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required documents are submitted. The board recommends that you review the checklist carefully.

Also, be aware that we receive a large number of applications right at the deadline. Deadlines are hard dates. Deadlines are NOT appealable.


The following eligibility requirements must be met by each candidate seeking examination and certification in Emergency Medicine. These are in accordance with those set forth in the Bylaws of the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine as set forth in Article VII, Sections 1 and 2. All requirements must be completed by application deadline of April 1st.

To be eligible to receive certification from the AOA through the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine, the applicant must satisfy the following:

  1. Be a graduate of an AOA accredited college of Osteopathic Medicine.
  2. Possess a valid and unrestricted license to practice in the state or territory where his/her practice is conducted.
  3. Be able to document evidence of conformity to the standards set forth in the Code of Ethics of the American Osteopathic Association.
  4. Be a member in good standing of the American Osteopathic Association or the Canadian Osteopathic Association, as per their guidelines.
  5. Candidates completing ACGME residency training must have training approved by the AOA through the re-entry process. Candidates should contact the department of postdoctoral training at the AOA.

    Candidates must have satisfactorily completed an AOA training in emergency medicine.
  6. Applicants must continue the practice of emergency medicine while completing the certification examination process.
  7. Applicants successfully completing an AOA approved emergency medicine residency program will be eligible to complete the certification examination process after evidence of 6 months of practice in emergency medicine, or 6 months of subspecialty training which directly relates to the practice of Emergency Medicine, upon approval by the Board.
  8. Applicants having successfully completed an AOA approved dual residency program in Emergency Medicine and other specialties will be eligible to enter the certification process upon completion of both programs and complete the certification process after evidence of 6 months of practice in Emergency Medicine.
  9. Following satisfactory compliance with prescribed requirements for examination, applicants shall be required to pass appropriate examinations. These examinations evaluate: an understanding of the scientific basis of problems involved in emergency medicine, the familiarity with current advances in emergency medicine, the possession of sound judgment, and a high degree of skill in the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involved in the practice of emergency medicine.
  10. Oral and written examinations shall be conducted and required for each applicant. Effective September 01, 2013, initial applicants for primary board certification in emergency medicine through AOBEM will no longer be required to complete the Part III (Clinical Examination).Please visit the Part III Clinical Examination page to determine if you need to complete the Part III examination.
  11. Members of the Board shall review and participate in the grading of each written and oral examination.
  1. A description of the method of conducting the examination is formulated in the Board's Regulations and Requirements, and provision for re-examination is determined.
  2. Applicants for the certification examination are required to file a completed application which shall set forth qualifications for examination as stated in paragraphs A through I in Section 1 of this article. The procedure for filing applications is set forth in the Rules and Regulations of the Board.